Working Lives in the Factories and Mills: Textile History and Heritage: Textile heritage of the factory workers

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Learn how textile workers’ lives evolved alongside the textile industry

On this course, you’ll explore the relationship between textile factory labour in the past and British industrial heritage today.

You’ll delve into a fascinating period of development for one of Britain’s key industries and discover how workers’ lives changed throughout the Victorian period, as they adjusted to new professional identities, workplaces and technology.

Through video, you’ll be introduced to four different millworkers’ heritage sites: New Lanark, Stanley Mills in Perthshire, Verdant Works in Dundee and Quarry Bank Mill in Cheshire, as you explore their history.

This course is designed for anyone interested in working-class history and literature, the Victorian period, industrial heritage or museums, and those exploring family or local histories related to this industry.